Global Spectrum Series

About the Organisers

Event Partners

Forum Global

Forum Global www.forum-global.com

Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting.

 

Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider.

 

Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.

International Telecommunication Union

International Telecommunication Union www.itu.int

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.

 

We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.

 

ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate

African Telecommunications Union

African Telecommunications Union www.atu-uat.org

Founded in 1977 as a specialized institution of the Organization of African Unity, now African Union, in the field of telecommunications, the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) took its present name in 1999 from the then Pan-African Telecommunications Union (PATU).  This led to the transformation of the agency into a partnership between public and private stakeholders in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

ATU provides a forum for stakeholders involved in ICT to formulate effective policies and strategies aimed at improving access to information infrastructure and services.  In addition, the Union represents the interests of its members at global decision-making conferences and promotes initiatives aimed at integrating regional markets, attracting investment into ICT infrastructure, and building institutional and human capacity.

 

Why we exist

The mission of ATU is to promote the rapid development of the ICTs in Africa in order to achieve universal service and access to broadband.

ATU has a vision for an engaged, stable and credible institution that facilitates Africa’s participation in the global information society thereby fostering development in Africa

African Union Commission

African Union Commission http://www.au.int/en/

The African Union (AU) was officially launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, following a decision in September 1999 by its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which was formed in 1963, to create a new continental organization to build on its work. 

  A total number of 54 countries joined the new organization, whose headquarters remained in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The commission is the secretariat of the Union entrusted with executive functions, it is composed of 10 officials, a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and 08 Commissioners.

 The structure represents the Union and protects its interests under the auspices of the Assembly of Heads of states and Governments as well as the Executive Committee. The AUC is made up of portfolios which are:  Peace and Security, Political Affairs, Trade and Industry, Infrastructure and Energy, Social Affairs, Rural economy and Agriculture, Human Resources, Science and Technology and Economic Affairs.   

The guiding vision for Agenda 2063 is the AU Vision of "An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena " and the mission of the AU Commission is become an efficient and value adding institution driving the Africa integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional economic Communities   and African Citizens. 

 
ARTP

ARTP www.artpsenegal.net

The Senegalese Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post, abbreviated "ARTP" is created, with the President of the Republic, an independent administrative authority, responsible for regulating the telecommunications and postal sectors.

 

The ARTP has legal personality and financial autonomy and management.

Diamond Partners

Ericsson

Ericsson www.ericsson.com

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.
Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society.
We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.

Nokia

Nokia www.nokia.com

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the pioneering work of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, we are at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

We combine global leadership in mobile and fixed network infrastructure, with the software, services, and advanced technologies to transform how smart devices and sensors tap the power of connectivity. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. 

Serving customers in over 100 countries across the world, Nokia is driving the transition to smart, virtual networks and seamless connectivity by creating one, single network for all services, converging mobile and fixed broadband, IP routing and optical networks, with the software and services to manage them seamlessly.

Qualcomm

Qualcomm www.qualcomm.com

Qualcomm is the driving force behind the growth and progress of the global wireless industry. It is the world’s leader in patents and other intellectual property that provide the technological basis for the global wireless communications industry. That goes for existing 3G (third-generation) technology that makes wireless Internet data as well as voice transmissions practical around the world. It also applies to next-generation, 4G technology, which delivers an even more enhanced and seamless user experience.

 

In addition to licensing its intellectual property to more than 170 companies worldwide, Qualcomm also manufactures highly sophisticated chips that are the engines of some of the most advanced wireless handsets and devices on the market. The company is the driver behind the very latest next-generation devices, which combine mobile communications, computing, and consumer electronics, that are now coming to market.

Huawei

Huawei www.huawei.com

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. For more information, visit Huawei online: www.huawei.com

Platinum Sponsors

Coleago Consulting

Coleago Consulting www.coleago.co.uk

Coleago Consulting is a specialist telecoms strategy consulting firm advising operators and regulators around the globe. Coleago is recognised within the industry as one of the leading specialists in spectrum strategy, valuation and auction support. Coleago’s team of spectrum specialists has delivered more than 40 spectrum valuation and auction bid strategy projects around the world. Our regulatory and spectrum related projects include spectrum and technology strategy, advice on Administered Incentive Pricing options as well as reports for regulators and NGOs such as “Best Practice in Spectrum Renewal and Pricing” for the World Bank

ESOA

ESOA www.ESOA.net

ESOA is a non-profit organisation established with the objective of serving and promoting the common interests of satellite operators from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. The Association today represents the interests of 21 satellite operators who deliver information communication services across the globe. Together ESOA Members provide invaluable communications services to the whole world including emergency communications, live broadcasting, maritime and aero communications, secure services for governments, 24-7 monitoring of industrial processes such as energy plants and a whole range of other communications capabilities that society has come to rely on.

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SES

SES www.ses.com

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a global fleet of 55 geostationary satellites and a well-connected network of teleports. 9 of those satellites cover Africa from 7 orbital positions and provide satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations across the continent and world-wide.

The SES global satellite fleet is complemented by a network of teleports allowing customers to reach 99% of the world's population.

 

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse teams of SES are located on the ground in all our regions and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

 

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks

Specure

Specure www.specure.com

SPECURE is an international spectrum auction consulting company and the developer of a trendsetting electronic auction platform. SPECURE services cover the whole lifecycle of a spectrum auction: from the auction design, through pre-auction services, trainings and auction execution to evaluation of the auction results. Since 2008, SPECURE has participated in numerous spectrum auctions in Europe either as a software vendor or as a specialized consultancy. 

Supporting Partners

E!Sharp

E!Sharp www.esharp.eu

 

E!Sharp is an online magazine delivering thought provoking analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. Through commentary, debate and humour, it demystifies the complexity of the EU.

GSA

GSA www.gsacom.com

GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) is a not-for-profit industry organisation representing companies across the worldwide mobile ecosystem engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services.

 

GSA actively promotes the 3GPP technology road-map – 3G; 4G; 5G, – and is a single source of information resource for industry reports and market intelligence. GSA Members drive the GSA agenda and define the communications and development strategy for the Association.

 

The GSA Spectrum Group develops strategies and plans, and contributes studies and technical analysis to international, regional and individual country policy-makers and regulators to facilitate the timely availability of spectrum for use by mobile network operators.

GSMA

GSMA www.gsma.com

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. 

 

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Knowledge Partners

Aetha Consulting

Aetha Consulting www.aethaconsulting.com

Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous quantitative assessments to support major strategic and regulatory decisions. Our senior staff collectively have over 100 person-years of experience of advising telecoms operators, regulators, and financial & legal institutions.

 

Throughout the recent growth of wireless services, Aetha’s staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. In particular, three of Aetha’s founders (Amit Nagpal, Lee Sanders and Marc Eschenburg) have undertaken over 50 spectrum management policy and auction support projects for clients across the world during the last 5 years, including assisting regulators with the award of new spectrum bands and development of regulatory frameworks – for example supporting the European Commission to resolve high-profile issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend.

 

 

Aetha also support operators in understanding their spectrum needs, valuing spectrum and bidding in auctions. Our staff have supported bidders in over 15 spectrum awards worldwide in the last five years and, at the time of writing, are currently supporting operators in seven countries for forthcoming auctions. Our technical knowledge combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.

NERA Economic Consulting

NERA Economic Consulting www.nera.com

NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

 

NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.